LibriVox recording of A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Read by Mark Nelson.
John Carter, an American Civil War veteran, goes prospecting in Arizona and, when set upon by Indians, is mysteriously transported to Mars, called "Barsoom" by its inhabitants. Carter finds that he has great strength on this planet, due to its lesser gravity. Carter soon falls in among the Tharks, a nomadic tribe of the planet's warlike, four-armed, green inhabitants. Thanks to his strength and combat abilities he rises in position in the tribe and earns the respect eventually the friendship of Tars Tarkas one of the Thark chiefs. The Tharks subsequently capture Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, a member of the humanoid red Martian race. The red Martians inhabit a loose network of city states and control the desert planet's canals, along which its agriculture is concentrated. Carter rescues her from the green men to return her to her people. (Summary from Wikipedia)
John Carter's Barsoom adventures are frankly preposterous, even for Burroughs' day when people thought there might really be canals on Mars. However, the story has a momentum that propels it too fast to allow the reader to reflect on the inconsistencies of the plot or of the world Burroughs created. The constant cliffhangers and mild titillation gave the book great popularity among several generations of readers, including a number of science fiction writers who cited it as an important early influence. This book is a old-fashioned treat. For more reviews of free audio, visit www.freelistens.blogspot.com
February 24, 2010 Subject:
This is the first of the Barsoom series by ERB. I am reading them (okay listening to them) all in order.
John Carter is an adventurer of earth who mysteriously finds himself on Mars. There, he is captured by the green men of Mars called the Tharks, but he is strong, and wins notoriety and riches for himself. He also meets Dejah Thoris, the princess of Helium, whom he falls in love with. He escapes with her only to be separated from her and find himself captured by another band of Tharks. Whew what a ride!